Lexus Racing has announced that a new racing car based on the Lexus “LF-CC” concept will compete in the top-tier GT500 class of the Super GT Series starting next season. The new race car will replace the Lexus SC 430 that has been used in Super GT races and has secured 17 victories and 44 podium finishes since 2006, as well as two Season Championships. 2012 was an amazing year for the SC 430, with performances that led to podium finishes in all eight races including four race victories.
The Lexus LF-CC (Lexus Future Captivating Coupe) is a two-door coupe concept with a front-engine and rear-wheel drive, and debuted at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. It features a dynamic exterior with an emphasis on aerodynamics and cooling performance. Vehicle shakedown testing for the next season, which begins in April 2014, began at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan on Friday.
Participation in motorsports events is a natural extension of Lexus’ efforts in the performance field and by participating in the Super GT Series, one of the top racing events in Japan, it aims to enhance its performance credentials. Lexus has also participated in several motorsport races such as Nürburgring 24-hours and Pikes Peaks International Hill Climb. Lexus has built a reputation for outstanding performance through models such as the LFA and IS F, and will further enhance its emotional image through motorsports activities.
Since introducing the world’s first luxury hybrid vehicle in 2005, Lexus today boasts of the widest selection of hybrid models than any other luxury car brand. Committed to designing better cars that are also environment friendly, “Hybrid” is a core technology at Lexus. It has fine tuned the Lexus Hybrid Drive (LHD) by integrating advanced combustion engine technology and powerful electric motors into one ‘full hybrid’ system, which is the most advanced and sophisticated powertrain technology.